Sennheiser : The way we work
This entry was posted on February 20, 2020.
Insights and perspectives on the evolution of work
THE WAY WE WORK IS UNDERGOING AN EVOLUTION
Over the last decade, we have witnessed an evolution in work-spaces and the way we work. Working styles and preferences are changing, and technology continues to advance.
As organisations fight to attract the most qualified employees, they put greater effort into making work environments healthier.
They are also providing workers with more autonomy than ever before. The way we work today is both global and mobile and this has led to an overhaul of the traditional work environment.
Changing workstyles require changing work-spaces, which must become equally flexible and facilitate mobility, collaboration, idea-generation and more.
Sennheiser aims to understand and help our clients at all times. This is why we have gathered insights from both external sources and our own recent research, in order to provide a report that explores work settings and the range of modern business workstyles and technology.
Its aim is to translate knowledge about the way we work into perspectives and insights you can use to unleash your potential – whether as a business or as a professional.
Looking at today’s work-spaces, professional needs and workstyles are changing at rapid speed. We see certain trends affecting the professional work landscape, and their impact will only grow in coming years.
The open work-space
Companies are increasingly adopting open-plan design, which offers both new benefits and challenges to office workers .
More flexible, mobile working
Today’s modern worker wants the freedom to work flexibly and remotely, and developing technology will only advance this mobility further.
New ways to meet and collaborate
As companies encourage more human interaction and collaboration, this changes how employees meet, the types of meeting rooms they need and the technology used.
Consumerization at work
Work lives and private lives are merging, creating new standards and expectations for technology and devices that are used both at the office and at home.
CHANGE IS OCCURRING AT ALL LEVELS
How work-spaces are transforming
This is the macro level where we identify work-space changes from an organisation’s point of view, and look into those changes that affect the entire office environment, as well as the organisational culture. In short, we see change in physical terms.
How workstyles are changing
Here, we look at the changes from the employees’ perspective, and how these affect the individual’s way of working.
How this impacts work device needs and usage
At this final level we see how organisational and individual changes affect usage and preferences for working devices, more specifically focusing on audio solutions.
FROM CLOSED OFFICES TO OPEN SPACES
The traditional office layout is often thought of as a mix of cubicles and private offices. However, in the last decade we have seen a transition to open-plan designs. These have become the new standard, changing the face of organisational work environments and impacting productivity.
REARRANGING OFFICE SPACE
Today, open-plan offices make up around 70% of all work-spaces.
This environment creates new opportunities to foster employee interaction and boost creativity, but also presents new challenges.
Despite the good intentions in offering a more vibrant and open workplace, we are beginning to see a backlash against the concept.
Studies show that open work-spaces can result in 72% less time spent interacting in person, and instead workers are sending 56% more emails.
Additionally, open work-spaces often cause distractions, affecting focus and decreasing people’s productivity up to 28%.
This work-space evolution has also resulted in increased noise levels and a decrease in the average space allocated to each employee.
WHEN OFFICE BUZZ BECOMES DISTURBING NOISE
Some of the main challenges of open-plan offices are sound levels and perceived lack of privacy. Without walls, the environment can become a cacophony of chatter, loud typing, email notifications and interruptions. These distractions make it difficult to focus and maintain productivity.
INCREASING NEED FOR DEVICES THAT ENHANCE CONCENTRATION
For many modern professionals, headsets are a common work tool. Increasing noise levels trigger the need for headsets to eliminate noise and aid concentration, causing noise cancellation technology to become integral to devices.
Read the full white paper from Sennheiser : THE WAY WE WORK
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